Hope Payson

LCSW, LADC and EMDR Consultant 



Unfortunately, I am unable to accept new Clients at this time.  If you are looking for an EMDR Therapist, there are a number of good search engines including:  www.ctemdrtherapists.com   www.emdr.com  and www.emdria.org

Clinical Orientation:  I’m a Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor licensed in the State of CT. I have been trained in psychodynamic, solution focused and EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapies. As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and training facilitator, my training in EMDR has been extensive. I have 20 years of post-graduate training in trauma and addiction and remain involved in on-going training to serve the needs of my clients. I work with adults age 18 and up.

Interpersonal Style: Good fit is one of my most important elements when seeking a therapist—if you can’t talk to someone, how can it work? When looking for a therapist, it is important to find someone who uses a therapeutic approach that seems right for you, but you also need to feel comfortable talking with them. My style as a therapist is person-focused and interactive—I try to get to know you and your goals, then work in partnership with you to attain them. This means creating a plan together and adjusting it as we move along. The therapy process should be dynamic and organic—meaning adaptive to you and your specific needs. This includes talking, planning, working on parts of the plan between sessions, trying new things, and using some humor along the way…humor is an important part of the journey. And therapy is an important journey. You will find me easy to talk to, casual in my style, but determined and focused when it comes to our work together.

Open and Affirming:  I don’t judge or discriminate; I invite diversity in my practice. You will feel welcome at my office regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, lifestyle choices, religion, cultural background or race.

Insurance Benefits:  You work hard for them, I work hard to take them. I accept most private insurances, Medicare and CT Husky Insurance.

Why EMDR?:

My work and life has been greatly influenced by EMDR. I use EMDR as my primary therapeutic modality. As an EMDR Facilitator and Consultant, I coach and train other therapists in the use of EMDR, in particular how to use EMDR to address addictions. The EMDR driven changes I have witnessed personally and professionally have been compelling. Deep rooted habits can change quickly, which leads to incredible life shifts. This is not easy work, EMDR is a trauma therapy and the work can be difficult and intense. But slugging through days re-experiencing incidents from your past or repeating old emotional habits that do not serve you is not easy either. Therapy is about change, in my opinion, EMDR gets you there faster. But don’t take my word for it, to read about EMDR related research or about specific details about EMDR please take a look at these reputable websites below.

www.emdr.com – This website includes research, EMDR information and a search engine to locate an EMDR therapist near you.
www.emdria.org  – Similar information as above.
www.ctemdrtherapists.com  – To locate other EMDR therapists within CT, this site also lists what insurance these therapists take and the level of their EMDR training.